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Monday, 08 July 2013 14:13

The beginning of the end for firewalls?

By Barry Shteiman.

Recently a very interesting article on the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association website caught my eye: ‘DISA Eliminating Firewalls.’

Although the title seemed provocative at first, the article itself just made me smile.

DISA gets it, it really gets it.

One of the advantages of working with the father of the modern firewall (Shlomo Kramer) is that I have an insider’s perspective on how security has evolved over the years: from the early days of Stateful Inspection firewalls, when perimeter and interdepartmental separation was the focus, to the realization that data (a company’s lifeblood) is the single most important asset to protect. Not this or that network, but the data.

In the AFCEA article, Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins JR explains that network separation, while widely accepted, does not encourage business collaboration, such as easily accessing and sharing content.